Holiday Safety


Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.  

Safety tips 

Holiday decorating 

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant. 
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn. 
  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. 
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. 
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged. 
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors. 

Holiday entertaining  

  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan. 
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles. 
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet. 
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop. 
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them. 
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding. 
 
Printable Safety Tips
 
Holiday               ChristTree         Candle      HeaterFlyer
 
City of Santa Monica © 2017
1685 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 · (310) 458-8411 · TTY (310) 917-6626